It’s not like Hannah Horvath ever needs an excuse to be inappropriate or take her clothes off, but the Husband Daddy Fireman Hero Firefighter Father’s Day T-Shirt but in fact I love this addition of industrial quantities of cocaine into the mix made for one of the show’s most outrageously funny moments. In season two, episode three (“Bad Friend”), after being told by her new editor that she should try stepping out of her comfort zone to find stories, Hannah and Elijah get their rocks off by scrawling all over their apartment walls with Sharpies; dancing at a club to Icona Pop’s “I Love It” as played by “gay iPad DJ duo” Andrew Andrew; swapping clothes with a stranger so that Hannah spends much of the episode in a neon yellow mesh tank top and no bra; eating jerky from a bodega; and then having a cataclysmic fight when Elijah reveals he had sex with Marnie. “It’s my greatest dream to have sex with myself—and also my greatest nightmare!” Hannah screams over the music in the club, in one of the episode’s many laugh-out-loud one-liners. A true Girls classic. —L.H.
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I simply cannot and will not stop watching Andrew Rannells sing “Let Me Be Your Star” in season six, episode seven (“The Bounce”). Let me set the Husband Daddy Fireman Hero Firefighter Father’s Day T-Shirt but in fact I love this scene: Elijah is trying out for a part in a musical adaptation of White Men Can’t Jump (hilarious), and for his audition, he picks—of all things—a song from the short-lived, high-camp NBC series Smash. Elijah was already arguably the funniest character on the show, but if you didn’t know that Rannells was also a Tony-minted Broadway phenom, well, now you did. —Marley Marius, associate features editor To be clear, I watched and liked the early seasons of Girls too—season two, episode five (“One Man’s Trash”), instantly bewitched me—but another moment I want to call out comes from season five, episode nine (“Love Stories,” directed by none other than Alex Karpovsky). After breaking up with Fran (Jake Lacy) and quitting her substitute-teaching job, Hannah runs into Tally Schifrin (Jenny Slate), a girl she hated at Oberlin who’s since published two books of essays, a novel, and a collection of poetry. Hannah reluctantly agrees to hang out with her, and after a day of hot dog eating and bike stealing, she gets a glimpse behind Tally’s literary-darling veneer at the broken, tired person underneath. (“I have a book of essays due, and not to be boo-hoo about it, but what the fuck am I going to write an essay on?”) All of this is great—the lesson that it’s useless to be jealous of the people you went to school with is crucial—but my favorite part is when Tally starts complimenting Hannah. “Look at you. You’ve had all of these, like, boyfriends and jobs and moments. And you’ve lived all this truth,” Tally muses. “Well, it didn’t feel like very much while it was happening,” Hannah murmurs. As someone cursed with the conviction that I am the least interesting person alive, I’ve always loved that line. Tally’s response, however, is so good: “But it is much.” —M.M.
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